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Peaty powers into 100m Breast final

25 June 2014

Adam Peaty sailed under 60 seconds for the fifth time this season to lead qualifiers from the 100m Breaststroke heats at the 2014 British Gas International Meet in Manchester.

The 19-year old clocked 59.59 to progress – the second fastest time of his career behind his British record 59.25 from the Barcelona leg of the Mare Nostrum series earlier this year.

Olympic 200m Breaststroke silver medallist Michael Jamieson was also in action and won his heat in 1:02.53 with British Gas NTC Bath teammate Andrew Willis splitting the pair as second fastest on 1:02.20.

Peaty’s City of Derby teammate Danielle Lowe closed in on a golden double after qualifying fastest in the 400m Individual Medley and 200m Breaststroke heats.

The 19-year old had more than six seconds in hand as she won her 400m IM heat in 4:45.37 from Camilla Hattersley in 4:52.95.

Lowe returned to the water to clock 2:32.22 and book lane four for tomorrow morning’s 200m Breaststroke final ahead of Francesca Marr (2:33.33) and Leah Roughan (2:33.79 PB).

Siobhan-Marie O’Connor already has a pair of gold medals to her name after winning the 100m Freestyle and 200m Individual Medley double and she closed in on a hat-trick with the fastest time in the 200m Free heats.

The British Gas NTC Bath swimmer – who is British champion in this event – progressed in 1:58.92 ahead of Rebecca Turner (1:59.77) and Shauna Lee (2:00.16).

Ben Proud and Andrew Weatheritt set up a showpiece final in the 50m Freestyle as they both beat the 23 second marker to win their respective heats in 22.31 and 22.47 PB.

There could also be an intriguing three-way battle for gold in the 100m Backstroke after Lauren Quigley (1:00.31) led qualifiers ahead of British champion Georgia Davies (1:00.54) and European silver medallist Lizzie Simmonds (1:01.33).

Amy Smith (26.69) progressed narrowly ahead of British Gas NTC Loughborough teammate Rachael Kelly (26.82) in the 50m Butterfly while Joe Roebuck closed in on the defense of his 200m Butterfly title as he booked lane four with a 1:59.74 heat swim.

Chloe Davies (SM14) was the top performer in the MC events, leading 200m Individual Medley qualifiers with 937 points for her 2:33.99 effort while six-time Paralympic gold medallist Sascha Kindred (SM6) led the way in the men’s equivalent with 878 points for his 2:45.63 swim.

Meanwhile, Brazilian swimmer Phelipe Rodrigues (S10) and Steph Millward (S9) led the way in the MC 50m Freestyle, clocking 23.97 (902 points) and 30.13 (895 points) respectively.

Plymouth Leander and City of Manchester A closed the session by qualifying fastest in the men's and women's 4x100m Freestyle Club Relays respectively.

The Plymouth quartet of Antony James (52.46), Jack Smith (51.21), Joseph Hulme (52.23) and Ben Proud (50.62) clocked 3:26.52 to progress ahead of City of Manchester A (3:27.01) and University of Stirling (3:27.76).

It took a 3:48.73 effort from City of Manchester's Rebecca Guy (56.19), Jessica Lloyd (56.75), Georgia Barton (58.58) and Emma Saunders (57.21) to book lane four ahead of Plymouth Leander (3:49.46) and City of Sheffield (3:50.30).

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